Inspired by the simple but proven giving circle concept taking off across North America and overseas, Sabrina Ahmed was determined to establish a chapter of 100+ Women Who Care in her beloved city of Montreal. In the midst of a global pandemic, she knew that Montreal charities needed help now more than ever and she needed a dream team to make it happen. She first approached fellow school volunteer, Susan Hinojosa to be a co-founder. Susan loved the concept of harnessing the power of women to create meaningful social impact and did not hesitate. They quickly recruited Anita Salvatore, Paola Samuel and Jo- Ann Munro and now they had a team of 5 passionate women committed to building this initiative. Together, they are rallying the women of Montreal in their sisterhood for good.
Dr. Sabrina Ahmed
Sabrina is a proud mom of three and a family physician. She has a busy general practice, teaches medical students and also practices at the Refugee health clinic. Outside of medicine, she has always been involved in various community & philanthropic projects including most recently, helping to establish a women's shelter in Montreal. Sabrina's unwavering commitment to helping the most vulnerable in her community fuelled the foundation of 100+ Women Who Care Montreal.
Susan's career has spanned design and strategic leadership roles in creative entrepreneurial start-ups and successful retail chains. With experience in product development across diverse industries, her talent for bringing concepts to fruition is a great passion of hers. Following a hiatus to raise her two sons, Susan has focused her career on art and technology for social impact, working on an innovative educational project for the prevention of gender-based violence. Susan’s creativity, growth mindset, and commitment to social change are driving forces of 100+ Women Who Care.
Jo-Ann comes to us with over 30 years experience in the world of marketing and communications. In her role as Creative Director she was responsible for giving brands a voice. Having worked with many large and small brands she found the most rewarding work to be for charities like Centraide and Unicef. Not only were those campaigns award winning they also got results. And Jo-Ann got the ‘do good’ bug. A passion she brings to 100+ Women Who Care.
Paola is a mom of 2, broadcast journalist and entrepreneur. She worked at the CBC and then Global News where she worked as an anchor, producer, and reporter and morning show host. She left TV news a few years ago to work on her own projects which include a thriving health and wellness business and her new passions: podcasting, writing and motivational speaking. She is a strong believer in the power of women lifting each other up and so 100+ Women Who Care Montreal was the perfect philanthropic fit.
Anita is a proud mom of two, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She’s currently head of marketing for a south shore company. She still finds time to help others in need, by volunteering for local projects big and small. As one of the founders, Anita gets great satisfaction from actively giving back, while being the behind scene producer for the three annual events. Her passion and dedication made her a perfect fit for 100+ Women Who Care Montreal.